Ambassador Cong Peiwu mentioned that if Ottawa cares in regards to the 3,00,000 Canadians in Hong Kong, it ought to help the federal government’s ‘efforts to fight violent crimes’
Ottawa: The Chinese ambassador to Canada warned the Trudeau authorities on Thursday to not grant asylum to Hong Kong residents fleeing a broadly criticised nationwide safety regulation imposed by Beijing.
Ambassador Cong Peiwu branded pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong as violent criminals and mentioned if Canada grants them asylum that quantities to interference in China’s inner affairs.
Protests towards the Hong Kong and mainland Chinese governments swelled final yr, and Beijing clamped down on expressions of anti-government sentiment within the metropolis with a brand new nationwide safety regulation that took impact 30 June.
The regulation outlaws subversive, secessionist, and terrorist exercise, in addition to collusion with overseas powers to intrude within the metropolis’s inner affairs. The US, Britain and Canada accuse China of infringing on the town’s freedoms.
“If the Canadian side really cares about the stability and the prosperity in Hong Kong, and really cares about the good health and safety of those 300,000 Canadian passport-holders in Hong Kong, and the large number of Canadian companies operating in Hong Kong SAR, you should support those efforts to fight violent crimes,” Cong mentioned.
Cherie Wong, the chief director of Alliance Canada Hong Kong, mentioned Cong’s remark is a “direct threat” to all Canadians.
“Their actions are the reason that many Hong Kongers are seeking asylum in Canada, because they no longer feel safe in Hong Kong or their human rights will be protected in Hong Kong under control of the new National Security Law,” she mentioned in a press release.
“It should not be lost on Canadians living in Hong Kong or China, they could be next. Ambassador Cong suggested so himself.”
Cong additionally flatly rejected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s assertion that China is partaking in coercive diplomacy by imprisoning two Canadian males in retaliation for the arrest of a Chinese Huawei govt on an American extradition warrant. Meng Wanzhou resides underneath home arrest in Vancouver whereas her case wends via a British Columbia court docket.
In December 2018, China imprisoned two Canadian males, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, and charged them with undermining the nation’s nationwide safety.
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